The MSPCA in Boston says Ms. Jennifer may be the oldest adoptable animal they have ever cared for at the shelter

By Claudia Harmata
May 21, 2020 02:26 PM
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Ms. Jennifer's birthday wish is to find a new home.

On Thursday, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) in Boston announced that a pet in their facility is looking for a new place to call home. The tortoise, named Ms. Jennifer, recently celebrated her 53rd birthday.

"Ms. Jennifer arrived at the MSPCA-Angell on May 9th after her owner fell ill from the coronavirus and could no longer care for her," the organization tells PEOPLE in a statement. "Sadly, the previous owner, a resident of Waltham, Mass., has died, and now Ms. Jennifer needs a new home."

Ms. Jennifer
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The 4-pound tortoise is about the size of a large dinner plate, and "would make a wonderful addition to any turtle or reptile-loving home," the MSPCA says, adding that she may be the oldest adoptable animal they have ever cared for.

Although she just turned 53, she's still got a lot of life left to live as tortoises typically live upwards of 100 years.

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Sadly, Ms. Jennifer is the tenth animal to be surrendered to the MSPCA because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The affected animals had owners that either died of COVID-19 complications, fell too ill to care for them, or were financially devastated by the ongoing pandemic, the organization says.

"Coronavirus is cutting a wide swath through Massachusetts ... and animals, like Ms. Jennifer, are impacted, too," the MSPCA says.

As of Thursday afternoon, May 21, Massachusetts officials have reported 88,970 confirmed cases of the virus in the state and a total of 6,066 deaths, according to a New York Times database.

Anyone interested in adopting Ms. Jennifer can email adoption@mspca.org for more information.

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